Balance

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Improve Elasticity in Horse and Rider

Equestrian biomechanics expert Susanne von Dietze critiques a Training-Level combination.

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Using Hills to Challenge Your Dressage Horse's Balance

Tips for riding outside of the arena with Felicitas von Neumann-Cosel

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What is Correct Arm Position for Dressage Riders?

Sandy Osborn answers this reader-submitted question.

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Connect with Your Horse’s Rhythm

Try these unmounted exercises to help find balance and mobilize your hips.

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Dressage Solutions: To Maintain Your Balance

Try this tip from Laura Tomlinson.

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Dressage Solutions: Find Correct Balance

Try this tip from Heather Blitz.

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Refine Horse and Rider Balance to Correctly Channel Energy

Equestrian biomechanics expert Susanne von Dietze critiques a Second-Level combination and suggests exercises to improve balance and prevent leaning.

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What Is the Proper Way to Create Bend in My Dressage Horse?

USDF gold medalist Rita Brown explains the definition of bend and offers advice on riding it correctly.

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How to Maintain Correct Bend in the Half Pass

Madeleine Austin explains the "ingredients" of a successful half pass.

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How to Regulate Your Dressage Horse's Canter Tempo

Claudia Garner offers tips for turning a runaway canter into a controlled, cadenced movement.

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How Bend Affects Your Dressage Horse's Straightness and Balance

International dressage competitor and trainer Felicitas von Neumann-Cosel explains this important piece of the training puzzle.

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VIDEO: Using Hills to Challenge Your Dressage Horse's Balance with Felicitas von Neumann-Cosel

Watch Felicitas von Neumann-Cosel's 5-part series on riding out and hill work.

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How to Keep Your Dressage Horse Focused Despite Distractions

Stacey Hastings shares a few techniques to help you keep your horse tuned into you, instead of the distractions outside of the ring.

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What is Correct Rider Position for Collected Work in Dressage?

Katie Hoefs-Martin discusses the value of correct rider position and how it evolves during collected work.

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3 Exercises to Improve Transitions Into and Out of Canter Lengthenings

Joy Congdon explains how to maintain control over a horse who likes to run in canter lengthenings.

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How to Ride Correct Flying Changes on an Overeager Horse

Janet "Dolly" Hannon explains how to help your horse understand this movement.

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Why Good Basics Are So Important in Dressage

Gabriel Armando draws on his personal experience to explain why all dressage riders need a solid foundation of basic skills.

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Why Do Gifted Dressage Horses Progress at a Faster Rate?

Two reasons why the guideline for the training of young, gifted dressage horses differs slightly from average horses.

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Christoph Hess: Ride Like a Dressage Professional, Part 1

German master Christoph Hess explains how to become a great rider and build correct connection in dressage training.

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24 Dressage Training Tips from Kyra Kyrklund

Five-time Olympian Kyra Kyrklund shares her dressage training secrets at a Kentucky symposium.

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Create Energy in Your Dressage Horse

Tom Noone explains how to address this common problem in dressage training by improving your horse's response to your aids.